Prof. Etan BourkoffEtan Bourkoff

Laser Optics

Phone: (646) 660-6232
Location: Rm 608a, 17 Lexington Ave


Dr. Bourkoff is Professor of Physics in the Department of Natural Sciences and former Director of the Baruch College Honors Program (1998-2002). He is also a member of the doctoral faculty of The Graduate School and University Center's Ph.D. Program in Physics. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California - Berkeley. His research areas have included the study of spurious oscillations in M-type backward-wave oscillators, antennas and rotary joints for microwave communication satellites, the dynamic behavior of semiconductor injection lasers, and dye laser mode-locking techniques. His current interests involve the generation and application of ultrashort laser pulses using novel mode-locking techniques, studies of femtosecond pulse compression, soliton propagation, and optical fiber sensors. He has approximately 75 publications in these various areas and has recently co-authored a book for freshmen engineering majors entitled Maple V for Engineers, published by Addison Wesley Longman, as a module in their Engineer’s Toolkit series.

Professional Honors

Selected as 1985 Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation

Listed in numerous biographical references, such as Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Technology Today, Biography International, Personalities of the West and Midwest, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and others.

Other Professional Activities

Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and IEEE
Chair, 1992 NSF Panel for Awarding Research Initiation Grants
Reviewer for Journal of Quantum Electronics, Optics Letters, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review, Applied Optics, Photonics Technology Letters.
NSF Combined Research-Curriculum Development Program, Panel Member

Selected Recent Publications

"Absorber versus trap model in solitary semiconductor lasers," (with X. Y. Liu), Journal of Applied Physics, 67, pp. 2168-2170 (1990).

"Generation of Dark Solitons Under CW Background using Waveguide EO Modulators," (with W. Zhao), Optics Letters, 15, pp. 405-407 (1990).

(with W. Zhao) "Distributed Fiber Sensing using Nonlinearly-induced Polarization Coupling," Optics Letters, 17, pp. 856-858 (1992).

(with W. Zhao) "Generation, Propagation, and Amplification of Dark Optical Solitons", Journal of Optical Society of America B, 9, pp. 1134-1144 (1992).

(with W. Zhao) "Nonlinear Polarization Coupling and its Application to High Resolution Distributed Fiber Sensing," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, pp. 2198-2210 (1993).

(with E. M. Alford) "Building Community through Teamwork and Technology: Innovations in Freshman Engineering Courses," 15th Annual Freshman Year Experience Conference, University of South Carolina, February 18-20 (1996).

(with D. B. Meade) Engineering Applications for the First Two Years, 1997 ASEE Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June, 1997).

(with D. B. Meade) Maple V for Engineers, Engineer’s Toolkit Series, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-8053-36445-5, 154 pages (1998).

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